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Alexander Hamilton’s Genius Can Save Our Nation

(The following essay was written as a submission to a contest sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, in which contestants were to address how Hamilton had affected their lives. This essay came in second. I republish it because it will give you a sense of my orientation in running […]

by February 28, 2018 Commentary, Economists

New Book Features Alexander Hamilton’s “Financial Revolution”

By Nancy Spannaus March 16, 2018—Economic historian Richard Sylla of New York University presented his newly published book, Alexander Hamilton on Finance, Credit, and Debt, on March 14 at a National Archives noon lecture. His thesis was a forceful argument that it was Hamilton who was uniquely responsible for the […]

by March 16, 2018 News

What Is the American System?

By Nancy Spannaus March 13, 2018—When I began this blog nine months ago, I set out to provide an overview of the American System of Economics through introducing readers to the leading practitioners of that system, with a special focus on Alexander Hamilton’s  ideas and achievements. I am now convinced that […]

by March 13, 2018 About

News Shorts, March 12-18, 2018

  Elizabeth Warren Puts Glass-Steagall on Senate Agenda March 11, 2018—Senator Elizabeth has moved in the only appropriate way, to counter the outrageous and dangerous move by the Congress (many Senate Democrats included) to give an even freer ride to the big banks, in a deregulation bill laughingly called the […]

by March 11, 2018 News Shorts

The Steel Tariffs: What’s an American System Approach to Saving U.S. Industry?

By Nancy Spannaus March 8, 2018—President Trump’s announcement of his intent to impose 25% tariffs on U.S. steel imports, and 10% tariffs on aluminum imports, has stirred up an essential debate: What will it take to save the U.S. manufacturing sector? Is it even desirable for the government to exercise […]

by March 8, 2018 News

News Shorts, March 5-11, 2018

Administration Slashing Crucial New York-New Jersey Gateway Project March 4, 2018—The final word has not yet been said, but the Trump Administration is giving every indication of disavowing any Federal funding for a major infrastructure project on which a huge portion of the nation’s economic functioning depends. That project is […]

by March 5, 2018 News Shorts, Uncategorized

U.S. Drug Epidemic: The Time is Out of Joint

  By Angela Vullo March 4, 2018–When parents and grandparents are attending nonstop funerals for their children and grandchildren, something in our society has gone awry.  As Shakespeare put it, “The time is out of joint.”  It reflects some major dislocation in our country, and it’s time we got to […]

by March 4, 2018 Commentary

Bipartisan Hearing Debates Congressional War Powers

By Rochelle Ascher March 1, 2018—Among the major breaches of the American System tradition, as elaborated in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, has been the policy of permanent warfare that has accelerated disastrously since the death of President John F. Kennedy. Thus it is important that on […]

by March 1, 2018 News

News Shorts, Feb. 26-March 4, 2018

Democratic and Republican Lawmakers Blast Proposal to Sell Off Parts of TVA Feb. 25, 2018—The Trump budget proposal for selling off the transmission lines of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) came under immediate attack from both Democrats and Republicans. Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, called it a “looney idea.” […]

by February 26, 2018 News Shorts

News Shorts, Feb. 19-25, 2018

  Trump Administration Budget Means Slashes in Crucial Investments for the Future Feb. 18, 2018—From the standpoint of the American System of Economics, the nation’s commitment to the frontiers of science is a crucial parameter indicating whether it is on the path to progress. For our purposes today, two of […]

by February 19, 2018 News Shorts